Other than the indigenous climate and produce, Australian cuisine has been derived from the tastes and produce of immigrant settlers. Immigrants from the Mediterranean have had a particularly strong influence on Australia’s food culture. We’re now seeing more of this influence in the form of tapas bars and restaurants. 

One of the things I love most about tapas is that with small bites, you can enjoy so many different flavours and taste a variety of dishes before filling up. So, why not make a delicious evening out of it and check out a few of Brisbane’s best tapas and drinks.

Here is my recommendation for a tasty evening of tapas.


First Stop – Elixir Rooftop Bar

This trendy, yet quaint rooftop bar is located in the heart of Fortitude Valley. With a combination of great cocktails, a great atmosphere, and friendly staff, it’s a great place to enjoy some tapas in a relaxed atmosphere.

If you’re a cheese-o-holic like myself,  start with a delicious cheese board. It comes with three different cheese, quince paste, apple and lavosh. Do you really need some extra convincing?

I think it’s nice to kick things off with a refreshing cocktail like the Southside or Mojito.

If you love the vibe and enjoy your cocktails, stick around for some roast Kipfler potatoes with smoked tomato aioli or chicken and chorizo skewers.

Second Stop – Moda Restaurant

Beloved by tapas and wine lovers, Moda Restaurant is a boutique restaurant led by well-known chef Javier Codina.

Located inside a stunning heritage listed building on Petrie Terrace, Moda Restaurant is considered by many to be one of the best restaurants experiences in Brisbane.Relax and enjoy our mouth-watering Spanish-inspired menu, including extraordinary tapas, delicious entremeses and steaks grilled with a famous MIBRASA charcoal oven, paired with a Spanish, South American or boutique Australian wine.

This is certainly a more traditional venue for tapas. You will be taken to the Mediterranean as soon as you walk in the door.

Third Stop – Public

The innovative modern Australian share plates and creative cocktails at Public make it a great last stop for a tapas adventure with a really Australian twist.

Perched in a glass box, Public is part kitchen, part bar,  and part New York loft. Again, some menu items will be available year round, while others will change seasonally to reflect their commitment to utilising fresh local ingredients.

One dish that is always on the menu and for good reason is their KFD. Kentucky Fried Duck with corn and lime. This dish is always a favourite with our guests. Another great dish is the brisket with chipotle and Oaxaca. Why not get a couple of sides to complete the meal like salt ‘n’ vinegar fries and Iceberg with green goddess dressing and you’ve got a delicious meal to devour.

As they have both a great wine and cocktail list, I’d recommend having some wine with your food and capping off your evening with a yummy cocktail like ‘A Parting Gift.’

With six different dishes, cocktails and wine you’re sure to have a great evening!

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